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Dr Christine Connors is the General Manager of Primary Health Care at Top End Health Services in Darwin.
Christine has worked in the Northern Territory (NT) for over 25 years providing clinical and public health services to remote Aboriginal communities. In 2001, Christine was a program leader involved in developing the Northern Territory preventable chronic disease strategy with the NT Department of Health. This involved shifting the focus of remote clinic staff from acute reactive care to planned proactive care to reduce the morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases. Christine has had extensive experience in public health research, previously working with the Menzies School of Health Research and the Cooperative Research Centre in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.
Christine is currently the State Committee Chair for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. She was a member of the Primary Health Reform Group, which involved working on the NT Aboriginal Health Forum, and led the significant expansion and reform of all Aboriginal primary health care services in the NT. From 2009-2013, Christine was also a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equality Council.
Christine is actively involved in promoting tobacco control initiatives and promoting discussion and actions to improve social determinants for Aboriginal people. Her particular research interests include:
In 2016, Christine was awarded the Menzies Medallion for her significant contributions to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health in the Top End.